Bipartisan House group pushes Biden to impose Hamas, Hezbollah sanctions

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing the Biden administration to impose sanctions on Hamas and Hezbollah officials for their alleged use of human shields in conflicts with Israel.

The group of 22 lawmakers, led by Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Secretary of State Tony Blinken on Monday urging them to implement sanctions under the Sanctioning the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act, which passed Congress unanimously in 2018.

The bill required the president to impose sanctions on Hamas and Hezbollah officials who direct or support the use of civilians as human shields within one year of the law’s passage — by Dec. 21, 2019 — but also provided the White House with national security authority to waive the requirement. Neither the Biden administration nor the Trump administration have…

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